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[#] Tue Mar 19 2013 20:01:28 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Grrr... stoopid office politics, but this bit of politics has impacted lives.

We hired a writer a few weeks ago to do some work for us, watching videos and typing what he hears, then timing that to the video so they show up properly for the deaf or hearing impaired when the video goes to air later.

He quit his job to work with us, because he very much enjoys working with us, knows we won't treat him poorly, and we offer a flexible working environment that best fits his needs right now.

We've had this two day long discussion about where we were going to locate our office, in Texas or in Maryland. Our CEO wants to put it in Texas, where he lives, but the bulk of the company already lives in Maryland, and frankly, we're the only ones who really understand the business (the CEO is currently clueless, and is supposed to be listening to us so he can offer guidance when his particular skillset becomes useful to us).

I guess he didn't like the way the conversations went yesterday, when we pointed out the sheer lack of logic in his choices, so he took it upon himself to fire our writer, and hire six other people to work in Texas, despite having told him we couldn't afford to do that right now.

Those six people are hired to do the job that our writer was doing. And our writer has already had some experience in doing the job, unlike these other writers.

I'm so angry now, I could almost quit and laugh as he tries to figure out how to replace me... except that would fuck over all the other folks in the company who really are decent folks.

I do look forward to seeing the CEO get fired, though. I really, really want to see this now. And he's on such thin ice as it was that this little stunt might finally help us pull that off.

Fucking asshole.

[#] Wed Mar 20 2013 01:54:28 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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So he fired the guy who lives where he wanted to move the company, and hired six to replace one position?


wtf?

[#] Wed Mar 20 2013 09:29:59 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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More-or-less, yes.

The scope of his actions are mind-boggling. Never would I have considered doing what this guy did.

[#] Thu Mar 28 2013 17:36:21 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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fleeb - Your company was acquired recently if I remember correctly? Was this CEO part of the team before the acquisition?

[#] Thu Mar 28 2013 20:57:49 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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It's a little hard to keep up with the changes we've made recently.

Last year, we were acquired by a captioning company named Dynamic Captioning.
That didn't go too well.

This year, we managed to exit that company and form another with some help from some folks who would like to see our vision come to be. The new company has a different name from our old name, but we're tying it all together just in case. I am avoiding naming the company for the sake of search engines, since they can examine Uncensored now, and I'd just as soon keep some of my business semi-private.

So, the new CEO was pushed on us by our investors, who made it clear if it doesn't work out, he's expendable. Well, this stunt demonstrated that he isn't working out, so as far as I'm concerned, he can go. I've certainly said my 2-cents worth concerning the issue, and pointed out the multi-faceted ways that this was a collosal mistake on his part. I'm rather critical to the team (I have nobody else to back me, and I'm the only person who can work on our code right now), so they'll listen to me, at least if some other people also speak up.

I am not at all happy with this person's wanton disregard for our advice.

This is all the more critical because the rest of the team has all worked together in the past... he's the only person who truly doesn't fit in with the rest of us. He doesn't know the industry, doesn't know the technology, and doesn't know the marketing. He literally has no idea what he's doing, but made a unilateral decision based entirely on whatever voices speak in that empty head of his. And that decision fucked with seven other people's lives.

I hadn't followed up what happened since he fired the one co-worker... we rehired him, but with reduced work (since we don't have enough right now anyway), and forced him to not hire one person in the Texas office. So, we've mitigated some of the human damage... but the corporate damage is about to be realized, if we can't get enough work to support all these people.

[#] Sun Mar 31 2013 23:58:56 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Good luck Fleeb.  It sounds like you are a very caring person.  I hope you are considering your options as well.

 



[#] Mon Apr 01 2013 11:00:48 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Sounds lousy, fleeb - hope it works out ok!



[#] Tue Apr 02 2013 22:45:21 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I do care. My boss also cares. We are not part of a huge corporation, but we hope to grow. But, we don't want to become some horrible company that regards people are 'resources' instead of humans. And we don't want to do crappy work, either, that causes deaf people to wonder what the heck is going on with television.

I have a lot of options, though. But I am doing what I feel is right. At the end of the day, I think we'll be okay.

Here's an interesting video about the value of closed captioning (among other things), from a deaf person's perspective:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60lzVhXW_0U

[#] Wed Apr 03 2013 07:44:23 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Thanks for sharing that, fleeb.



[#] Mon Apr 08 2013 15:50:03 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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You know, there really should be legal exemptions for those who take action against the criminally obnoxious.



[#] Mon Apr 08 2013 23:46:35 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Mon Apr 08 2013 03:50:03 PM EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

You know, there really should be legal exemptions for those who take action against the criminally obnoxious.



Agreed, but then again, I might have become a mass murderer by now.



[#] Tue Apr 09 2013 11:28:57 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Mon Apr 08 2013 11:46:35 PM EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

 

Mon Apr 08 2013 03:50:03 PM EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

You know, there really should be legal exemptions for those who take action against the criminally obnoxious.



Agreed, but then again, I might have become a mass murderer by now.



Yes, but then they wouldn't multiply.....



[#] Fri Apr 12 2013 11:00:24 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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As some of you know, I've been at NAB this past week, in Las Vegas.

The show itself went very well. We had many more people show up at our booth this year than last year, keeping us quite busy throughout the week.

We went through so much hell, setting up this booth. Once the lawyer (who gave us the most hell) saw the booth, and all the other booths around, he apologized for the trouble he gave uss. This was also the first time our investors (at least through their representatives) had a chance to see the technology in action, and hear our story... and they were very (positively) impressed. This show was necessary for a variety of reasons... now, if we could just control our CEO...

We got lucky last night, and our crate was shipped to our booth early. Normally, it would have arrived at 2am Friday, but instead it arrived at 7:45pm Thursday.
So, we're already packed, and have a free day to enjoy the area.

I think I'm over most of the dehydration I experienced out here. Now, I'm suffering from allergies.

[#] Fri Apr 12 2013 21:32:50 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Sounds like it went quite well, fleeby - congrats!



[#] Sun Apr 14 2013 20:45:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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We got lucky last night, and our crate was shipped to our booth early.


What a great day! You got lucky and then got to start setting up ahead of schedule!

[#] Mon Apr 15 2013 11:20:22 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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It is very challenging to keep a high sense of urgency and drive to complete a project when the Client paying for it doesn't have one.....



[#] Mon Apr 15 2013 20:53:59 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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IG: The show was over. We packed up early, giving us an extra day to just enjoy the area.

Which I did, by going to natural sites rather than the unnatural crap around Las Vegas.

[#] Tue Apr 16 2013 06:30:48 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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http://martinvalasek.com/blog/pictures-from-a-developers-life

harhar... I like the best this one:

When my regex returned exactly what I expected



[#] Wed May 01 2013 23:19:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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*sigh*

Work schedule is killing me. I am well paid to do a job I love, but there's just too darn much of it right now.

...as you have probably noticed. I don't post as much as I used to, and I haven't checked in much code in the last few months.

[#] Fri May 03 2013 08:21:36 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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watch your breath.

feeling like a dog running for the sausage hanging down from a fishing rod in front of your nose?

You're not going to catch it, no matter how tasty it smells or how hard you try.



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